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Polls Chief proposes holding polls on a Saturday

He said that holding an election on a Saturday will go a long way to assist Government and private sector employees who need to take leave to travel to their hometowns to place their votes. Deshapriya also said that the current Parliament has time till April next year for its term to end so it can continue till April unless the President dissolves Parliament before that. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says the Department of Elections prefers to hold the Parliament elections on a Saturday.Deshapriya said that the department is giving serious consideration to the idea and will discuss it with the relevant Government officials. The Elections Commissioner also said that he has so far not been informed of an early election but added that his department is ready to conduct the polls at any given time. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Bank of Canada maintains interest rate at 05

The Bank of Canada is holding its benchmark interest rate at 0.5 per cent even as it downgrades its growth outlook for an economy hit by falling commodity prices.The central bank made the scheduled announcement today as the country adjusts to a complex mix of sliding resource prices, a falling Canadian dollar and weaker business investment.There were some expectations that Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz would cut the rate given the poor economic forecasts.The bank says it maintained the already-low rate because the key indicator in its decision – inflation – has been unfolding as expected within its ideal target range.The Bank of Canada lowered its economic growth forecast – as measured by real gross domestic product – to 0.3 per cent for the final three months of 2015.That’s down from its October estimate of 0.7 per cent.It also downgraded its 2016 growth projection to 1.4 per cent from its fall forecast of two per cent.The bank expects the economy to eventually rebound and see growth of 2.4 per cent in 2017.The central bank says it anticipates economic benefits from the federal government’s promise to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure – but it won’t factor in the potential impact of the measures until the details have been announced. Bank of Canada maintains interest rate at 0.5% The Bank of Canada is shown in Ottawa on April 12, 2009. FLICKR/d.neuman by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 20, 2016 10:11 am MDT Last Updated Jan 20, 2016 at 9:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

5 things you probably didnt know about Danny DeVito

first_img(Image: schumachergirl1956/Flickr/Creative Commons)He wants Eddie Murphy to join himself and Arnold Schwarzenegger in a sequel to the 1988 comedy.4. Kathleen Turner had to threaten DeVito to give her the role in The War of the Roses(AP Photo/Alan Greth)“I sent the script to Michael (Douglas), and he called me right away and told me he wanted to do it. About a day, maybe two days later, I got a phone call from Kathleen. She said ‘I’m going to kick your ass if you don’t cast me in this movie’.”3. DeVito spent the last few days in Ireland scouting locations for his new children’s film Danny DeVito’s photo of his Trollfoot in Dublin (Danny DeVito/Twitter)DeVito plans to return to Ireland in summer 2014 to direct an adaptation of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, a children’s novel about a 13-year-old girl who is found guilty of murder during a voyage across the Atlantic.He arrived in Ireland a couple of days early to begin looking at possible locations for the film.2. DeVito’s children are the reason Matilda was adapted into a feature film“I have three children, and we were reading little picture books at night, and then the girls, my two oldest kids, they were ten or eleven at the time. They brought this book to me.”“We all sat around and we read it in instalments. I thought it would be so great to do.”1. The writers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia are talented pranksters (Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Creative Commons)DeVito has played Frank Reynolds in sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia since its second season. One day he got a script, and didn’t realise it was an April Fools’ prank.“I got the script in the morning and they said I had to read it right then.”“Frank [his character] is the in bar, and all of a sudden he’s gonna go get a hooker. But when he gets her in the car he immediately gets busted. A cop comes and takes him to the jailhouse. The next thing that happens is, he’s in a shower. He’s naked. A guy puts a hand on his shoulder and takes him down right there. Butt-f**ks him right there.”“They wrote this entire 33 page script, but they had no intention of ever filming it. They were just breaking my balls.”Read: The Dredge: Which celebrity foot made an appearance in Dublin last night?center_img DANNY DEVITO ACCEPTED the VOLTA lifetime achievement award at a screening of 1989 black comedy The War of The Roses at Savoy Cinema in Dublin last night .The screening was part of the 2013 Jameson International Film Festival, which wraps up this Sunday.Here are 5 things we learned from the Q&A with the big star with a small stature. 5. DeVito recently had dinner with Arnie to discuss Triplets, a possible sequel to Twinslast_img read more